I’m in the middle of rewriting the physics energy topic for year 7. This here’s a few thoughts about it as I’m writing it. I noticed it’s down to be one of the first topics in September, so it will be finished by next week!
So 6 lessons then an end of unit assessment based around a piece of extended writing on the energy topic. This is something new we are trying with some of the year 7 schemes to link in with the extended writing we expect them to do at KS4.
We’ve divided up the new NC statements between the topics. I get:
Calculation of fuel uses and costs in the domestic context:
- comparing energy values of different foods (from labels) (kJ)
- fuels and energy resources.
Energy changes and transfers:
- other processes that involve energy transfer: metabolism of food, burning fuels.
and I’ve already written the outlines for each lesson, including the main class practicals so the technicians have had advanced warning since before summer.
I’m very keen to incorporate the SPT approach to teaching energy (SPT Energy resource). Thankyou IoP! This mainly consists of using the ideas of energy stores instead of the 9 energy types approach. I won’t go into why here. Go and join Talk Physics and join in the discussion! The rationale behind it is explained in a much better way than I could even try and explain it here.
I think my biggest problem is going to be how I communicate this approach to the rest of the department when we’ve been talking about the 9 energy types for a long, long time. Any thoughts? 🙂
I’ll be one of the first teachers to teach this topic in a few weeks along with our other physics teacher, so I have a bit of time and a good test run before any other science teachers will have to get to grips with it.
Wish me luck!